Going to a concert is the only way to listen to music in public without having to put your mouth around a discman to catch its sound vibrations. Enjoy easier listening with this GrouponLive deal.
- $37 for one G-Pass to see Willie Nelson and Aaron Lewis (up to a $74.40 value)
- When: Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Chastain Park Amphitheatre
- Seating: Rows L–DD of the orchestra section
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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How to use your G-Pass: you can enter the venue directly without redeeming your Groupon at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon’s mobile app.
Willie Nelson might as well drop the word “again” from his signature hit “On the Road Again.” At the age of 79, the country icon rarely takes a break from touring and making music with his friends. In support of his latest album, Heroes, his highest charting record in more than 30 years, Nelson and his “family” of literal and musical kin rouse the Chastain Park Amphitheatre with a sweet hootenanny of country classics.
Before he was an American treasure, Nelson made his name as a songwriter, crafting country standards such as “Hello Walls” for Faron Young and “Crazy” for Patsy Cline. Then, as the early ’70s brought about a revolution in country music, he released his classic outlaw album, Shotgun Willie, and his major breakthrough, Red Headed Stranger. Since then, generations have swayed to “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” as Nelson became a friend to everyone within earshot. His talent and affability led to countless hit collaborations, from the chilling “Pancho and Lefty” with Merle Haggard to duets with Julio Iglesias and Ray Charles, and a solo moment in “We Are the World.” The latest album even contains a jaunty ode to Nelson’s best-known pastime entitled “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” recorded with country legend Snoop Dogg.
Nelson concerts have a magical way of unifying broad spectrums of audiences. When immersed in Nelson’s inimitable voice, lived-in grin, and songbook of crossover classics, a wild fan base of cowboys, hippies, bikers, and sheriffs somehow shed their differences and sing along. With his family band, which often includes big sister Bobbie on piano and longtime pal Paul “The Devil” English on drums, Nelson enchants with songs that fans know by heart and also courts ears with a handful of new gems. Despite having played thousands of times throughout the decades, Nelson has never played a song the same way twice. As he finger picks at Trigger, his eternally trusty six-string, his puzzling menagerie of techniques turns every solo into a jazz painting of Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills waltzing across Texas.
Willie Nelson – “Funny How Time Slips Away”
As the frontman of Staind, Aaron Lewis deals in postgrunge angst and distortion. But as a solo artist, he turns down the volume in favor of quieter country-infused songs. "Country was the background music to my childhood," says Lewis, who once spent his summers in rural Vermont with his grandfather, fishing, hunting, and using syrup to oil their tractor. He put out his Town Line EP in 2011 and his debut full-length album, The Road, in 2012. To signify the shift in genres, he recorded and distributed the EP through the Nashville-based country label Stroudavarious Records.
Counted among Lewis’s singles are Town Line's "Country Boy," whose dreamy melody tumbles along with bursts of twang and the craggy landscape of his voice. Joined by country legends George Jones, Charlie Daniels, and Chris Young, he shares personal lyrics about his family and the down-home background that's at the core of his identity. Lewis again honors his relatives, along with his home state, in "Massachusetts," driven by the melancholic notes of a steel guitar. He wrote "Massachusetts" on the front steps of his house "in the sticks," and its candid no-frills approach is a prominent quality of his whole songbook.
Aside from his solo work, Lewis often strips down a handful of Staind songs and presents them acoustically in concert, from the isolated "Outside" to the cautiously hopeful "It's Been Awhile." The new arrangements reveal the band's hidden country flavor when performed live, free from the spectacle of electric guitars and spontaneously combusting drummers. "If you put a country accompaniment to any of the songs that I've written over the years on my acoustic," he says, "all of them would work as country tunes." On his retooled version of the Staind deep cut "Tangled Up in You," Lewis explains, "The song was already a little bit country in term of its flavor with the slide guitar and the pedal steel. We brought it further down that road."
Aaron Lewis – “Country Boy”
Warning: contains a reference to drugs